Making steady progress

Making steady progress

Lankan offie Randiv has put up impressive shows

Making steady progress


While it is tough to find fitting substitutes for such extraordinary players, Lankan think-tank might be happy to see the way Suraj Randiv shaped over the last one month.
The young off-spinner, who made his international debut in Nagpur, was impressive during the recent one-day series against India, containing the explosive Indian batsmen on flat pitches.

“I have been a net bowler for the national team for a while now and it is a great feeling to make it into the final XI. But I approached even my debut game as a club game and believed in sticking to my strengths. Getting Dhoni out in that match was special as I had planned it,” Randiv said during a chat.

The keen eyes of two former Lankan skippers -- Mahela Jayawardene and Marvan Atapattu -- too have played a huge part in highlighting Randiv’s talent. “I picked up a lot of wickets in Matara. Impressed by my effort, Mahela and Marvan brought me to Sinhalese Sports Club where I played first-class cricket for two years,” the 24-year old, who turned to cricket after watching his younger brother playing the game and who idolized Pak’s Saqlain Mushtaq, said.
“When I started bowling off-spin, I idolizied Saqlain Mushtaq who used to have amazing control over his off-spin,” he said.

Randiv also talks of his Matara-mate Jayasuriya. “It was great bumping into him in the dressing-room before my debut. He keeps talking to me all the time,” he said.
Randiv does not bamboozle batsmen with bags of tricks like Muralitharan, he just concentrates on a tidy line. The importance of line and length might have been inculcated in him from early days as Randiv started his career as a medium pace bowler. “I used to be a pace bowler and it was only because of our main spinner’s absence that I started bowling spin.”

As an off-spinner, comparison, however unfair that may be, with Muralitharan is bound to come at some stage.
“Murali Aiyya is a legend and nobody can be like him. He gives us youngsters everything he has got but I will try to do things my way,” he remarked.
DH News Service